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Post Oscar Stuff or Crap that was Okay Last Night

Good morning Bleary-Eyed Fans, did you watch the Academy Awards last night?  No?  Neither did we.  In fact we cared so little, our post was both late, terrible, and unfinished.  Also, as far as predictions, we only got one: Leonardo DiCaprio won his Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Okay, he earned this party
Okay, he earned this party

All I can say is that it seems like a little bit of a pity Oscar.  Not that Leo doesn’t deserve an Academy Award…it’s just that he should have got it one of the other four times he was nominated.  The Revenant just wasn’t that special (and pretty inaccurate).  Oh well, he won, are we done now?

Of course there was a ton of racist issues this Oscars (pretty much like the 87th preceding ones), from boycotting, asking Chris Rock to step down as host, and even the absolutely correct viral statement: #oscarssowhite.  There wasn’t anything we could do and it’s just going to keep happening.  I wish I could say something different, but I can’t. It’s just a despicable time we live in where all people are not created equally.  It’s a shame, but all a movie dissector like myself can do is point it out and choose not to be like those that perpetrate hate and racism.  Although I will say, even though he has quietly slipped into the “B-List” of acting, Chris Rock had some good things to say about it.  I was proud of him monologue (or what I caught snippets of this morning) and while it wasn’t a joke, he didn’t hide anything.

Dude rocked the WHITE suit and told it like it is
Dude rocked the WHITE suit and told it like it is

There are no videos of the full monologue yet, but I’d like to recount my absolute favorite part from Chris Rock’s discussion on race, how awful the Academy Awards are, and how strange the whole damn this is in general:

“But things are changing.  Things are changing.  We got a black Rocky this year.  Some people call it “Creed.”  I call it “Black Rocky.” And that’s a big, that’s an unbelievable statement.  I mean, cause, “Rocky” takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes.  “Rocky” is a science fiction movie.  There’s things that happened in “Star Wars” that are more believable than things that happened in “Rocky”, O.K.?”
*Sweating bullets* Finn can't tell if that was more racist or less...
*Sweating bullets*
Finn can’t tell if that was more racist or less…

Alright, we can agree I can’t fix racism.  But what I can do is report on some of the better things of the night.  Starting with the big winners:

  • Best Picture: Spotlight
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo di Caprio for The Revenant
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson for Room
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
  • Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant 
  • Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out by Disney/Pixar
  • Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina by Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett
  • Best Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith for Spectre
  • Most Awards Won: Mad Max: Fury Road with Six Awards

Let me toss in a bit of thoughts regarding the winners after the jump.

First Annual Oscar Clobber or The First time we rant about the Academy Awards

I honestly had a real plan for this article.  It was going to be a week long event in which we had guest writers discussing things like #OscarsSoWhite, how terrible the panel is due to ridiculous rules, eligibility, and voting, but I just can’t seem to care enough about the award show to make a real effort at posting something profound.

Seriously, I just Googled "Apathy" and this was the first image that came up...
Seriously, I just Googled “Apathy” and this was the first image that came up…

In lieu of an article about how awful the Oscars have become (and pretty much always have been), I’m going to go over some of the major categories and see if we can find something of interest somewhere among them to talk about.


Academy Award for Best Actress

First off, I really don’t like the fact that we still distinguish between “Actresses” and “Actors” via gender.  They are all actors and should be treated as such.  In my opinion, we should really put Jennifer Lawrence (nominated this year for the movie Joy) up against Eddie Redmayne (nominated for his (her?) performance in The Danish Girl) or Matt Damon (nominated for The Martian).  If you’ve seen Joy, you know it’s no where near the caliber of her past performances (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, etc.), but it’s still a well put together movie and for her part, she does everything right and again, showcases an immense amount of talent.

"Don't put metal in the SCIENCE OVEN!" Still my favorite line of that movie and quite possibly 2014.
“Don’t put metal in the SCIENCE OVEN!” Still my favorite line of that movie and quite possibly 2014.

Anyway, there are other actors (yes, screw the word Actress) that are nominated as well, here is a quick round up:

  • Cate Blanchett, in Carol Aird, as Carol
  • Brie Larson, in Room, as Joy “Ma” Newsome
  • Jennifer Lawrence, in Joy, as Joy Mangano
  • Charlotte Rampling, in 45 Years, as Kate Mercer
  • Saoirse Ronan, in Brooklyn, as Eilis Lacey

IWTMM’s Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence

Of course it has to be Jennifer Lawrence.  Everyone loves her (she is really seemingly charming by all accounts) and if the panel even recognized any other actor’s name in that pile, then I would be surprised.  Just give her another one, let her trip on the stairs or her dress *cue laughter* and a “surprised” winning speech.

IWTMM’s “Who Should Have Won”: Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Seriously, you’ve likely seen Mad Max: Fury Road, the other nominations, not too likely.  If you have (or even if you haven’t), Charlize Theron kicks so much ass in two hours than all the “Action Stars” of the 80’s combined.  I totally think she should go all Kanye West on the Winner.

"I'm gonna let you finish, but first, I want to shoot a few idiots in the crowd." -Charlize Theron
“I’m gonna let you finish, but first, I want to shoot a few idiots in the crowd.” -Charlize Theron

Academy Award for Best Actor

 I believe they add, “in a Leading Role” to this title, but I don’t really care (that’s going to be a theme during this whole article).  Let’s take a look at our powder-white nominees:

  • Bryan Cranston, in Trumbo, as Dalton Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, in The Martian, as Mark Watney
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, in The Revenant, as Hugh Glass
  • Michael Fassbender, in Steve Jobs, as Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, in The Danish Girl, as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener

IWTMM’s Prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo has been passed over for this award in four separate years.  They skipped a year between nominating him so it didn’t look too suspicious, but I believe DiCaprio has been thoroughly snubbed.  It likely doesn’t make any difference to him.  Did you see what he got to do in The Wolf of Wall Street?

I can just see all the tears spewing from his gold-lined tear ducts...
I can just see all the tears spewing from his gold-lined tear ducts…

I mean, come on, you think Leo cares?  Does he want to win, probably, it’s seemingly a big deal to these Hollywood types.  But if a little gold statue is more important than the millions he rakes in for almost every film he does, then I really think the “art” in film is moot.

I think this is a bit more up everyone's alley...
I think this is a bit more up everyone’s alley…

Academy Award for Best….

You know what, I really don’t give a crap.  The Oscars are horrible.  The monologue is obnoxious and no matter who wins, someone is going to be upset.  I don’t even have enough apathy to finish this article.

IWTMM’s Prediction for Best Director: Adam McKay for The Big Short

IWTMM’s Prediction for Best Picture: The Big Short

Seriously, I don’t care.  The Big Short was a phenomenal movie with excellent actors, a horrifying reality, and was honestly both entertaining and filmed very well.  It’s on the “Unicorn List”.  It’s both entertaining and “Critically” acclaimed.  So, for my money, it’s going to come out the winner, but I really don’t care.  The whole thing is just a big Hollywood circlejer…….

We apologize for the inconvience as us at I Watch Too Many Movies attempt to appeal to all audiences, thus the ending of the review has been closed and censored.
We apologize for the inconvenience as us at I Watch Too Many Movies attempt to appeal to all audiences, thus the ending of the review has been closed and censored.

…..and that’s all I have to say about that.  At least I get to see Zootopia next weekend.


The Martian or Why Haven’t we Gone to Mars Yet?


I want you all to understand a few things before we begin.  Space is vast, it is beautiful, and it is dangerous.  We live on this beautiful rock/spaceship we call Earth hurtling through empty space at unfathomable speeds and it is AMAZING.  Something I can say is that I am proud of the Domestic Public for embracing this film and in recent weeks, other celestial events.  There is a vast Universe staring back at you, don’t back down, ask it more questions and encourage others to do the same.

Now, can I see a show of hands of how many people believed that Matt Damon would grow into the actor he has?  I just don’t remember when the switch flipped.  I suppose you could say that it was Good Will Hunting, but I think that’s too easy.  If I recall he played an angel without genitals after that.   You know what, even that was awesome.  I guess I’m getting to the point where he has become one of our most talented actors of our time.

Let's just agree that he's been awesome the whole time. After all, Buddy Christ thinks so.
Let’s just agree that he’s been awesome the whole time. After all, Buddy Christ thinks so.

If you haven’t already seen the impressive amount of marketing surrounding this film, then the basic premise is that in the near future, an astronaut on a manned Mars mission is stranded, presumed dead, and we get an excellent single actor drama/comedy/thriller in the vein of Cast Away  Sorry Tom Hanks, the Mars Pathfinder makes a hell of a better companion than a volleyball.

Although I don't know if there is a marketable difference in intelligence.
Although I don’t know if there was a remarkable difference in intelligence between the two…

Suffice it to say, Damon nails his performance.  And what I find so brilliant about that is this was based on the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir in which, if you’ve read it, you’ll know that the humor and story would be exceptionally difficult to translate.  What I saw on that movie screen was the living embodiment of one of my favorite novels and the entire spirit of that book intact.  Movies based on books will always have a certain stigma because you cannot literally put every single word, thought, or action from a novel into a movie.  Then there is always “that guy” who will waste precious oxygen telling others how much better the book was than the movie.

Yeah, this guy
Yeah, this guy, I believe you’ve met

For someone who read the book and saw the movie, all I can say is that Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard did something I have never seen before.  Not only did they bring the novel to life, but the edits and changes they made to the book made it even better.  I just cannot say enough about how amazingly well done Weir’s novel was captured.

I raved about Damon, but seriously, with a supporting cast like this, you had to know something special was coming.  Each one of them could get their own paragraph, but since I’m sure half of you stopped reading somewhere between Comic Book Guy and my Alf reference, I’ll keep this short.

You went back and looked didn't you? Now wake up and pay attention.
You went back and looked didn’t you?

I want to point out a few actors that I’ve seen recently that have elevated their level of talent in my opinion.  First we have Jessica Chastain who is pretty much the Hollywood go-to tough, intellegent, and red-haired actress out there.  Then we have Michael Peña.  It was his performance here and every scene he stole during Ant-Man that just resonates with me.  The funny is strong with this man.  Lastly, I can’t forget Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, and Sean Bean.  All of them did their jobs exceptionally well and brought their A-Game.  Even Sean Bean didn’t die, and that’s impressive.

There are so many more things I would love to tell you about The Martian,  but you just have to see it.  And as you watch this cinematic beauty unfold, pay attention to the little details.  Did you notice they had to CG the sky?  Yeah, it’s that impressive.

Didn’t read my fancy words, here is the short version:

This is easily the best film I’ve seen this year other than The Imitation Game.  Damon, Ridley Scott (in a continued welcomed return to science fiction), Drew Goddard, and a whole host of supporting characters transform your 2 hours and 24 minutes into an all encapsulated experience.  Simply put, go see this film.  Then see it again.  And once you’ve done that, go outside and look at the Cosmos, they exist for your viewing pleasure, just as this film does.